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  •  Well, that's the problem, isn't it? (7+ / 0-)

    Juries tend to over-rely on expert witnesses. If the judge isn't convinced of the reliability of that witness, or in this case the science behind what the witness will testify to, she's not going to allow the jury to hear that evidence. And rightly so.

    I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say none of us wants to send someone to prison for life based on unreliable scientific evidence.

    Black Holes Suck.

    by Pi Li on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:12:46 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not so sure about relying on expert witnesses. (0+ / 0-)

      I sat on a petit jury in a civil suit and the plaintiff had an expert witness.  Everyone on the jury though he was full of it and we voted for the defendant.

      We probably would have anyway but how can you vote for the other side when their expert seems uncredible.

      In the end it was still our best judgement of what the other witnesses said had happened and our common sense.

      •  Note Pi Li's wording (0+ / 0-)

        She wrote "juries tend to over-rely on expert witnesses." Your jury experience may have involved an expert witness who came across as incompetent or perhaps obviously biasing his testimony, but a sample of one doesn't really contradict Pi Li's assertion.

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